Atlanta United Defeats Orlando City SC 1-0
ATLANTA - Atlanta United defeated Orlando City SC 1-0 Friday night at Exploria Stadium. Josef Martinez extended his MLS-record scoring streak to 12 consecutive matches while Brad Guzan posted his league-leading 13th clean sheet and broke the team's single-season record.
After an end-to-end opening to the match, Pity Martinez nearly put Atlanta in the lead in the 24th minute when he fired a low shot for the bottom corner, but his attempt missed just wide of the left post. Atlanta's best chance of the first half came in the 31st minute through Ezequiel Barco. Julian Gressel's cross from the right side took a deflection and fell to Barco at the top of the box. He evaded a pair of defenders with a quick first move and blasted a shot with his right foot, but it was hit directly at Orlando goalkeeper Brian Rowe.
Atlanta opened the scoring for the ninth consecutive match when Josef Martinez scored in the 60th minute on a counter attack that began with a quick succession of passes in its own half. Barco and Pity Martinez combined for a one-two in the midfield where Barco found Josef Martinez in transition. Josef passed to Barco near the top of the box where he took a couple of touches before returning the ball back to Martinez on the left side. On the edge of the penalty area, Martinez one-timed a curling strike into the right side of the net for his seventh goal against Orlando, the most against any opponent in his MLS career.
Martinez nearly doubled Atlanta's lead in the 68th minute when he had a chip shot hit the left post and again in the 80th minute when he was denied by Rowe from close-range after a cross from Tito Villalba.
Atlanta United (15-9-3, 48 points) returns to action Tuesday, Aug. 27 against Minnesota United in the U.S. Open Cup Final at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (8:00 p.m. EST, ESPN+). Its next MLS match is Saturday, Aug. 31 against Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium (7:30 p.m. EST, FOX Sports Southeast, Sports Radio 92-9 The Game).
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0
Shots: 22-15 Orlando
Shots on Target: 5-3 Orlando
Corner kicks: 7-4 Orlando
Fouls committed: 14-11 Orlando
Clearances: 18-16 Atlanta
Offside: 2-1 Orlando
Possession: 52-48 Atlanta
Passing Accuracy: 81-77 Atlanta
ATL - Josef Martinez (Ezequiel Barco) 60' [HIGHLIGHT]
ATL - Leandro Gonzalez Pirez (yellow) 36'
ATL - Julian Gressel (yellow) 90+3'
ATLANTA UNITED STARTING LINEUP
Brad Guzan ©; Florentin Pogba, Miles Robinson, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez; Julian Gressel, Eric Remedi (Jeff Larentowicz - 45'), Darlington Nagbe (Emerson Hyndman - 61'), Justin Meram, Ezequiel Barco; Josef MartÃ-nez, Pity MartÃ-nez (Hector Villalba - 78').
Substitutes not used: Alec Kann, Mohammed Adams, Michael Parkhurst, Dion Pereira.
ORLANDO CITY STARTING LINEUP
Brian Rowe; Lamine Sane, Kamal Miller, Robin Jansson; Mauricio Pereyra (Sacha Kljestan - 61'), Benji Michel, Oriol Rosell, Carlos, Ascues (Chris Mueller - 74'); Tesho Akindele (Dom Dwyer - 67'), Nani ©.
Substitutes not used: Adam Grinwis, Shane, O'Neill, Sebastian Mendez, Will Johnson.
Nima Saghafi (referee), Kathryn Nesbitt (assistant), Corey Parker (assistant), Kevin Broadley (fourth), Jose Carlos Rivero (VAR), Jozef Batko (assistant VAR)
Josef Martinez scored his 22nd goal of the season and added to his league-record scoring streak of 12 consecutive matches. He is four behind Golden Boot leader Carlos Vela (26).
Martinez now has 27 goals across all competitions
With the 72nd goal of his MLS career, Martinez is now tied with Clint Dempsey and Juan Pablo Angel for 26th all-time
Jeff Larentowicz made his 415th career appearance. That ranks second in MLS history among field players, trailing Kyle Beckerman (482).
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